Team USA Schol­ar­ship driver Askew stars in only his fourth car rac­ing week­end

Motor Sport News - - Formula Ford Festival -

“We made a state­ment,” said Team USA Schol­ar­ship driver Oliver Askew after the fi­nal. He cer­tainly had.

He was third in qual­i­fy­ing for his heat, fin­ished third and took an ex­cel­lent se­cond in his semi. But then came his best per­for­mance of them all as he was run­ning as high as third in the fi­nal when dis­as­ter struck and he picked up a punc­ture after run­ning over the Druids kerb while part of the tight bat­tle for se­cond po­si­tion.

It was a bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing end to an ex­cel­lent Fes­ti­val de­but – es­pe­cially when you con­sider it was only his fourth ever car rac­ing week­end.

“We had the car to win – the guys pro­vided me with a great car,” he said. “But some­times these things hap­pen.”

Askew es­ti­mated he has com­pleted around 500 laps in the Cliff Dempsey Rac­ing Ray GR15 in prepa­ra­tion for the event at var­i­ous venues in the UK.

How­ever, not all of these were en­tirely in­ci­dent-free as he did col­lide with fel­low Team USA driver Kyle Kirk­wood at Brands last Wed­nes­day. A car ex­ited the pits onto the rac­ing line and Askew just mis­judged his brak­ing and col­lected his team-mate.

He has cer­tainly im­proved a lot since then and will be one to watch at the Wal­ter Hayes.

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